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“Chalet Saffron - great location and great service”
Review of Chalet Reuben

Chalet Reuben
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Chalet Reuben
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Chalet Saffron - great location and great service”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

We stayed in Chalet Saffron, which is in the same building as Chalet Reuben. The layout of the chalets is identical - Rueben on ground floor and Saffron on first floor. Chalet hosts were all great and the food was excellent. As mentioned in other reviews the rooms were small. Ours had a half-bath, which was not great for relaxing after ski-ing. However the room was more than adequate and nicely appointed. We had the chalet host take away the chair and mirror and that left us with more room.
It is a short walk to the bottom of the lifts and very well set up for ski-ing, with ski lockers in entrance lobby and lots of boot warmers in basement.
One downside was poor security - there is a key code to enter the building, with a code which I think has never been changed and then no locks on any internal doors.
Overall the chalet host, Jo, was great and we had a great time, the only downside for us was noisy kids with other guests who woke us up repeatedly in the night and the morning, but I think we were just unlucky with that.
I would definitely stay here again (ideally without someone else's noisy kids).

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Accommodation cosy but nice...opt for a room with a bath if poss.
Gap year hosts were special and talented. Package good value...inc flights, transfers and good half board and wine. For a family of four budget for almost double cost of package if you need equipment hire, ski passes and lessons. Hire equipment online in advance through Precision Skis (almost half Crystal price). Special thanks to our hosts Michelle, Benjy and Joe who could not have done more to make our stay memorable...wake up tea was an unexpected bonus....only minus is very erratic wifi signal.

Stayed December 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Just got back from a great trip to Val. Let me start with the downsides of the chalet. The bedrooms are small, but this is made clear on the Crystal website so people can't really complain. Also how many people spend much time in their bedroom (other than to sleep) on a ski holiday. The chalet could also do with a little more security as there are no real locks in the whole building other than the front door. I also found the organisation of the transfers to be a little haphazard. However overall the chalet is good. It is impecably clean. I found the public areas to be nice and perfectly sufficient. The biggest bonus is the staff. Catherine was an excellent rep who tried to ensure that anything that you wanted was achieved. Sophie who is the chalet host was absolutely brilliant. She was bright, bubbly and a fantastic cook. In short I found the service level at the chalet to be first rate. The positioning of the chalet really was excellent. It is about 5 minutes walk (at most) to the lifts. It is very central in the town but just back off the main road and so is quiet. Overall I thought it was a very good base.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 27 February 2013 via mobile

This is a well located chalet, but it has a feel of "sell it cheap, stack 'em high". The chalet takes ten people, with five rooms. The rooms are tiny, with a very small bathroom and a tiny wardrobe. With two people sharing there is not enough space to unpack and store suitcases, so you end up keeping everything in your suitcase. It is even hard to walk around the bed without stepping over suitcases. The common areas are also very small, when all ten people are in the chalet for example at meal times, you are sitting on each others laps. We got a very cheap deal, I would have felt very short changed if we had paid full price.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Worcester
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I'd read a couple of reviews on this chalet before we got there and - after a previous bad experience with Crystal - I was expecting the worst. However, generally I shouldn't have worried.

Bad points first, as everyone is saying here the rooms - expecially the double ones - are a little small. But to be fair it does say that they are small on Crystal's web site. Also, despite being a decent router the wi-fi was very hit and miss. I can only assume that its placement or the structure itself was interfering with the signal as you could generally get a good signal in the bedrooms but not so much in the lounge. Also, they were running out of a daft couple of things like teabags. And the boot lockers couldn't fit my our snowboards in so we had to keep them in the boot room.

But I'm really nitpicking here as what we had was an exceptionally good value chalet and a very competent chalet host. Plenty of wine, plenty of good food, excellent breakfasts, clean facilities and a great location. The chalet is 30 metres or so from the Gare Routiere and no more than 5 mins walk to the bottom of the Olympic ski lift in a pair of snowboard boots. The chalet hosts worked very hard but there was little here that was too much trouble for them. Given that Val is not known for its cheapness they also provided 'Mountain Munchies' - a nice big baguette to take onto the slopes with you for 3 euros.

We've stayed in a number of good chalets this past few years for the price we paid for the holiday this is one of the best value ones we've ever had and all four of us were very happy with the time we had.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Leeds
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

The bad points for Chalet Reuben first..... the chalet is pretty small with just about enough seats in the common area for everyone and the rooms are also pretty small. The bathrooms are modern and nice but the shower is made for midgets with the shower holder placed at hip height which none of us could fathom why. The ski lockers are small so everyone has to jam their skis/boards ontop of eachothers which is annoying but the boot dryers downstairs are modern and enough spaces for everyones boots. The good points, location is very good, only a couple minutes walk to the town center and to the lifts. Our chalet hosts (Sophie,Cat and Catherine) were amazing, really hard workers who would do anything they could for you. They cooked lots of beautiful food on a night and made cakes every day for when you got back from the slopes. The only criticism I had of the food was the cooked breakfast was not very good quality, but that was Crystals fault not the girls who could only cook with what they were given.All in all a great holiday and would probably visit Rueben again.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Brits in Austria
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Stayed here beginning of the year!
The negatives - Crystal finest with small rooms- tiny is more accurate! My husband and I had to take it in turns to get dressed and sit on the bed to get past to go to the bathroom in a cupboard! Very difficult to unpack and limited storage space.
Some of the furniture was rickety.
The positives - Chalet Reuben is well placed for the main street and@ 5 minute uphill walk to the Solaise chair lift.company.
We were very fortunate to have great weather, brilliant company and some tasty meals (made by Sophie and Beth).
Val D'Isere is a beautiful place and we loved the ski area. However, this was our first experience of a Crystal finest chalet. We were dissapointed and would stay in a hotel next time.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chalet Reuben
Address: Rue du Coin, 73150 Val d'Isere, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Val d'Isere
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Ranked #25 of 61 Speciality Lodging in Val d'Isere
Number of rooms: 7
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Chalet Reuben France/Savoie

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